If you believe in love at first sight, you never stop looking.
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Written by: Patrick Marber (play and screenplay)
Starring: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen
Primary Genres: Drama
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
A bittersweet story of love, romance, drama, and heartbreak.
Though Julia Roberts has a bigger box office name and naturally got top billing, it's Natalie Portman's character that gets more screen time and is more pivotal to the plot - and it's Natalie Portman that got a Golden Globe nomination and is on many critics' short-lists for an Oscar nod as well.
It's difficult to speak too much about this film without revealing more than I should. The story is driven by the characters and their development rather than plot turns, but there are subtleties to the plot that continue to strike me (and may actually compel me back to the theater to see it a second time).
Natalie Portman's on my short list for the awards, too, but come Cosmo time I'll be torn whether to nominate her in the Leading or Supporting categories. The latter would mesh better with how the studio is promoting her, which most Cosmo voters will likely follow. On the other hand, the former is closer to how I perceive her role and her performance, and would open to door for a second nomination from me for her performance in "Garden State."
Of her co-stars, Julia Roberts' performance is somewhat lackluster. (I actually preferred her in "Ocean's 12.") But Jude Law and Clive Owen both deliver phenomenal performances. If Owen is the one reaping most of the praise (and a Golden Globe nomination), it may only be because we've already come to expect that from Law, while Owen is more of a newcomer to us. And because Law is clearly in a more leading role, which puts him in tough competition. But he's very possibly on my own Best Actor list as well.
My Rating: 9
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